President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
“Ministries Will Be Liable For US$4.7m Usage,” Pres. Sirleaf
By Winnie Dixon
MONROVIA, September 26 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said all ministries and agencies implementing the Ebola trust fund in the tone of US$4.7 million disbursed to them in August, 2014 will give full account of those funds.
Her statement was contained in the first report presented to the House of Senate on September 25, covering up-to-date deposits and disbursements of funds through the Ebola trust funds, with several implementing agencies having responsibilities for the national response.
The document quotes the President as saying after one month of implementation, US$4.7miliion was approximately disbursed, leaving roughly US$1,699,400.91 to various ministries and agencies involved with the Ebola fight across the country as of August 2014.
The document further revealed that the total of US$5,624,250 and L$9,400 was deposited into the Ebola Trust Funds by ministries and agencies of government, prominent Liberians and local partners.
It can be recalled that the National Legislature approved US$20 million as Emergency Ebola Funds for the fight against the virus of which the first US$5million was disbursed.
The Ministry of Health which is the lead on health-related interventions, received US $2,882,000.96 constituting 61.7 percent of the total amount disbursed in August 2014.
The report also said the Ministry of National Defense, which is the lead in national security supporting the fight received US$352,000.36 constituting 7.5 percent and the Bureau of Immigration responsible for enforcing border patrol also received US$357,000.45 which constitutes 7.7 percent, while the Liberia National Police whose role was to enforce rule of law with support to quarantine centers got US$346, 000.32 constituting 7.4 percent.
Additionally, the Ministry of Internal Affairs with lead in burial, cremation and community engagement received US$484,000.98 constituting 10.4 percent, Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs responsible for community water cures and outreach got US$130,000 constituting 2.8 percent.
The Ministry of Information received US$17, 000.50 constituting 0.4 percent, and US$100,000 was given to the Program Management and Command Center amount to 2.1 percent, while the Ministry of Gender and Development received no money.
According to the report, “the President cautioned the entities to observe financial rules as much as possible without prejudice to the need of flexibility to their rules due to the emergency associated with the crisis.”